New Hampshire Hardball

Fisher Cats finish strong

PORTLAND, Maine – A lead-off, two-run home run from Christian Williams in the top of the 10th inning spurred the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays) to an 8-7 win over the Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox) Monday afternoon at Hadlock Field.d


With the placed runner at second and the game tied 6-6, Williams launched the first pitch from Dedgar Jimenez (L, 4-5) 408 feet to right field to make it 8-6.

Portland made it interesting with a run in the bottom of the 10th, but Jake Fishman (S, 4) was called upon to get the final out to secure an 8-7 triumph.

New Hampshire started the scoring with a run in the first when Josh Palacios and Kevin Smith hit consecutive two-out doubles to make it 1-0. Portland answered with a run of their own in the home half to tie it at one.

The Fisher Cats added two runs in the second and two in the third to go up 5-1, but Portland scored two in the fourth, another two in the seventh and the tying tally in the bottom of the ninth on a double from Tommy Joseph and an RBI single off the bat of Austin Rei.

Hector Perez made the start and went six innings in which he allowed three runs on nine hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out one.

Four Fisher Cats finished with multiple hits in the game: Williams, Palacios, Smith and Logan Warmoth.

New Hampshire finished the regular season with a 63-76 record, one game ahead of Portland to finish in fifth place in the six-team Eastern Division.

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats return to action on April 9, 2020 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading and play their first home game on April 16 against Hartford.

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